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Vladimir Putin told a defence ministry meeting that he wished to see the military bolster its presence in the territory

Walker's World Race Diary - 11 June

Green Dragon skipper Ian Walker analyses the latest developments in the Volvo round the world race in his exclusive diary

'Urgent' checks on helicopter gearboxes after North Sea crash

Crash investigators yesterday ordered "urgent" inspections on helicopter gearboxes following the North Sea disaster that claimed 16 lives earlier this month.

Premier snaps up Oilexco's North Sea fields for $505m cash

Premier Oil wants to buy the North Sea assets of the troubled Canadian exploration group Oilexco for $505m (£347m) in cash.

Replenished ice team head north again

After nearly a month in arctic conditions of minus 40 degrees Celsius, the Catlin Arctic Survey team are finally provided with supplies

Inquiry launched into North Sea helicopter crash

Investigations were under way today after 18 people survived when a helicopter ditched into the water near a North Sea platform.

Mark Serreze: Impact of melt may extend beyond the pole

Perhaps the most visible sign of climate change is the Arctic's shrinking sea ice cover. Concerns are growing that we are reaching a point at which the transition to an ice-free Arctic Ocean in summer becomes a rapid one.

Has the Arctic melt passed the point of no return?

Scientists have found the first unequivocal evidence that the Arctic region is warming at a faster rate than the rest of the world at least a decade before it was predicted to happen.

BG-led consortium in '150 million-barrel' discovery in North Sea

A consortium led by BG Group has found an oilfield in the North Sea, just over 60 miles off the coast of Norway, which its exploration partner estimates could run to as much as 150 million barrels.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Britain has squandered its North Sea inheritance. Now we are paying the price

With oil and gas prices now sky-high, there's virtually nothing left to see us through the famine

Pick of the Picture Books: The Backbone of England

With an intriguing premise, which enabled the author to walk the length of the Pennines without ever getting his feet wet, this book sets out to follow Britain's watershed. As Andrew Bibby explains in The Backbone of England (Frances Lincoln, 20), this is the high point that divides water that will flow west, into the Irish Sea, from that trickling east, towards the North Sea: a course not influenced, by man-made roads or boundaries. With photography, by John Morrison, which brings out the unique, slaty beauty of this particular landscape, Bibby is keen to point out how the activities of man here do impact on the area and the world's climate. The carbon-setting properties of peat, the right to roam and the politics of killing crows all come into it.

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